The overuse of the internet andsmartphones perpetuate a culture of “detachment” and distractibility. Social media has been so prevalent in our lives that mostpeople don’t know how to act without it. People depend on it for information,communication, scheduling, and entertainment. Social media can be dangerous andmentally draining.
Nowadays technology enters all aspects ofour individual lives and contributes to significant changes in all theseaspects.The way we communicate with each other is dramatically reshaped by technology. The availability of social networks,video games and various smartphone and computer applications allows us to stayconnected 24/7 and to construct our own virtual world in the most convenientways.Despite numerous advantages, the active use of technology also has many notabledisadvantages such as excess flow of information and frequent distractionsdamaging our ability to concentrate. Multitasking which is so common forall technology-related activities also alters the ability to focus onparticular tasks and reinforces patterns of brain activity which are differentfrom less technology-involved generations. The role of technology the educational aspect and ininformation processing is very helpful; for example, technology changed the wayof conducting research for students by making research findings more accessibleand comprehensive for students and easing the access to information in general.
At the same time, mental habitsdevelop by that of multitasking and staying online in social networks. Messengers have a negative impact onthe ability of students to process information, to concentrate on particularsources and to establish analytical connections between different sources ofinformation.Information is shared in a way that is presented and shared nowadays thatencourages people to focus on key concepts and sentences which promotes peopleto skim through the meaning of the messages. These skills are needed in order tonavigate through multiple sources of information and multiple messages receivedfrom these sources. Communications in social networks and messengers are alsobrief and are restrained either to sharing some information (links, photos,videos, etc.
) or to exchanging short messages. Twitter actually embodies the very essenceof current communications – 140 symbols is shown to be enough for averageinformation exchange activities. Furthermore, the availability of internet connection almostanywhere allows to stay online and receive updates at any time. This leads to the shortening ofour attention spans as we frequently check for updates in various networks thatcreate distractions, and the need to keep ourselves updated and to know all thelatest news hinders our long-term concentration and affects the quality ofactivities which require a long, thoughtful, imaginative approach. Kids who grow up in theconditions of information overload have difficulties in mastering timemanagement and attention management.
While for older adults that have mastered the aspect of timemanagement it is easier to avoid distractions when needed, kids might not beable to develop the right skills and traits due to the challenging environment. Technology can even be deemed as adanger through distraction, especially with texting and driving. Operating a motor vehicle on publicroads requires a large amount of your attention. Changing lanes, turn signals, watchingthe road ahead requires your full attention. To do all of that and look down totext as well.
“A substantial proportion ofdrivers were engaged in a secondary activity while driving, thereby endangeringthemselves, their passengers and other road users. Given the proportion of drivers engaged in illegal behaviors (e.g.talking on a handheld mobile phone, texting or keying numbers) further effortsare needed to increase the enforcement of this law. Furthermore, it also seems clear that substantialefforts are needed to make drivers aware of the risks associated with drivingwhile distracted, as well as to reduce the number of drivers who do so.
” This problem happens in young and older people too, and you would thinkthat the older generation would know better. Nine percent of all drivers 15 to 19years old were involved in fatal crashes where they were said to be distracted. Because texting requires visual,manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is the most alarming ofdistractions.Not only dangerous is technology, but it’s the only thing we know how to do.
People now a day cannot even go hiking without posting about it on some sort ofsocial media, Facebook moms…ridiculous. Most people in social setting ratherscroll through Instagram than think of a topic to bring up a dinner to talkabout.Lastly when their phone dies, that is, to some it might seem like the end ofthe world.Most of us probably just know one to two phone numbers, usually our own andthen maybe a parent’s number. Phones are the main way to communicate with another personand if we don’t have a phone we don’t get to talk to anyone.”Seven IBM employees, each in a different location,are on a conference call. As two ofthem talk over the telephone line, two others chat about the conversation viatext messages; another accesses a spreadsheet, trying to answer a questionposed earlier in the call; still another Googles a potential competitor; andthe last taps out an e-mail to a colleague who is not on the call. Are these employees distracted by 21stcenturytechnology? Or has 21st-century technology empowered them to pay attention in anew, perhaps more natural, creative, and productive way?”According to an observation of the ability toconcentrate of students of various age (middle school, high school anduniversity) revealed alarming trends.
The students were told to study something of importance for 15 minutes,and their behaviors and distractions were observed during that time. The average time span that students spent on thetask without distracting themselves was about 3 minutes and this result wassimilar for all age categories of students. The major sources of distraction were as you guessed; technologysources such as laptops and smartphones. These results show that the impact of technology is similar on all agecategories. Furthermore, the researchersexplored the relationship between academic performance and distractions. It turned out that students who consumed moreinformation on social media every day were prone to multitasking and because ofthis they had worse results. Studentswho were able to work longer on a specific task and developed focused studystrategies showed better results.
Technology although looked at throughnegative lenses has positive effects as well. Technology makes us moreproductive and organized. Our computers and phones can store so much. Calendars and schedules that keep uson track and reminding us of the things our brains might/can forget.
Computers that are always accessibleto finish our essays, check emails and just get tasks done faster. It can also save us when we do forgetthings, such as emailing professors when we have questions or need extra help. Technology gives us organization atour fingertips, and having things so easily accessible makes us jump onopportunities to get things done faster and now father than later.”In the past decade the world has gone from a totalof 12 billion e-mails a day to 247 billion, from 400,000 text messages to 4.5billion, from an individual average of 2.7 hours a week online to 18 hours. We may still sit in offices or cubicles designedto shut out the external world, but the center of our work life is a computerthat keeps us connected to that world—to colleagues, customers, clients,family, community, entertainment, and hobbies; to everything we know we shouldbe doing and everything we know we shouldn’t.” We are used to having a cell phone, or computer in our hands all thetime that when taken away we feel lost.
Many people, but mostly the youngergenerations social skills are diminishing. All that time that teenagers andyounger kids spend on their devices takes away from face-to-face communicationand in person activities. Social skills and understand social cues are very big indeveloping and growing is kids, young adults and adults. Social interactions help with meetingnew people, making first impressions and lasting impressions, getting jobs, andforming relationships. People that do not have skills socially can suffer greatly.
Face-to-face interaction is crucialfor teaching social skills and having your face glued to a screen for most ofyour day will not help. A study focused on the types ofdistractions that have the greatest impact on young people. It appeared that the choice of”favorite” distraction depended on psychosocial characteristics of anindividual.
The students with a need for socializing tended to engage in texting,communicating in social networks and sending instant messages. On the other hand, the students whowanted to escape from society chose video games and those students who had atendency to procrastinate surfed various websites, watched videos and sometimeseven shared links with others because misery loves company. Therefore, technology allows us tochoose the type of distractions that are most appropriate for an individual. In any case, the results of theresearch conducted showed that technology was a universal distraction and thatactive use of technology for entertainment has an effect on academics orworking performance.
Technologyfor people shouldn’t be a life or death situation. To many, social media makes them angrierand less productive. For instance, if you have an essay to write or homework todo you could easily just avoid it by scrolling on your phone for another coupleof hours and then get upset because you did nothing productive all day.
Everyone enjoys having the convenienceof communication with friends and family whenever they want, it is reliving toknow that you can just stop and talk to someone you love depending on whateverthe situation calls for. Through problem solving some feel they would just look upthe answer to their issues but many tend to enjoy thinking about what they liketo do instead of looking it up or getting a stranger’s opinion. The exposure on social media isn’t okand its warned that you should watch what you post. Through technology there is a lot ofexposure and it’s up to the individual whether they want to expose more ofthemselves or not. Social media causes more trouble than it does good. It distracts from work and sometimessocial interactions especially at dinner, and it also prevents from sleepingbecause we get so distracted from just looking at things that do not have anysignificance on twitter or Instagram. “Mark’sresearch also shows that 44% of the switches cited above are caused by”internal” rather than “external” sources of distraction—meaning that our mindssimply wander. We can’t blame technology forour failure to focus, because our brains are built to multitask.
Close your eyes for five minutes and notice howyour thoughts stray, jump, zigzag, and double back. Success in 20th-century factories and offices mayhave required paying strict attention to systematic tasks and taking thosetasks to completion, but that is not a natural way for humans to operate. Perhaps our 21st-century connectedness gives usthe freedom to acknowledge this.”The hardest part of having social media for mostpeople in life is the time when they are not on it. Majority of people feel that when they are not ontheir phone, they feel unstable and constantly yearning for their phone. The feeling of not checking a phone is equivalentto the feeling people get when they need to smoke a cigarette.
Checking your phone has become an addiction,comparable to the addictions people feel when they are on drugs. Have you ever felt your hands instinctively reachfor my phone? It’s a completely involuntary response where you will be reachingfor a phone, completely not in control of what your body is doing then all of asudden, you’ll snap out of my trance, and have a moment of consciousness and stopyourself from grabbing the phone. And its moments like those that show reveal that phone addiction is prevalentand a problem this generation deals with.Even when evidence shows that technology is apowerful distraction for most people it’s still Actively used andtelecommunications lead to multitasking, reducing performance andattentiveness, affecting attention spans and the ability to concentrate. While working with multiple sources of informationmight develop flexibility and short-term involvement, it is necessary to avoidexcess multitasking and being distracted by technology since it can reduce theefficiency of in-depth thinking activities.
It is important to remain focused in the modern world and to train theability to concentrate on important things instead of switching between variousdistractions. Social media, completeirony in the phrase itself.Social, the term deriving from being around others and being a part of a groupand participating in being with people is not true in that phrase.Alarm clocks are bad psychologically, putting you in astate of paralysis.
Yes,they get you up in the morning but at the same time they are shocking your bodyand putting your heart under pressure. Nowadays people don’t usually use alarm clocks separate fromtheir phones. People thatuse alarms on their phones will continue to look and check their phones fornotifications right after being woken up. Straining their eyes and putting their brains straightback to work into the world of their cellphones, checking social media sendingtexts.
“a lamp havingsoothing audio sounds selected from natural environments being integrated witha conventional alarm clock-radio. Moreparticularly, the lamp provides a plurality of soothing sounds selected fromnature or natural environments which the user can choose from, such that thesoothing sound gradually increases or decreases in volume over a preset periodof time. Additionally, the lamp also simulates a natural sunrise or sunset,where the light source slowly increases or decreases its illumination over apreset period of time.” Our bodies are very sensitive and responsiveto the environment around us. The conditions or surroundingsounds, light, temperature and room smell (odors) during the process of wakingup or falling asleep in one’s home have effects on the human body. Various products have already been developed before that were designedto provide stress free and relaxing methods of waking up and inducing sleep byusing soft music, gentle sounds with the help of changing the brightness of alight source. Somepotential effects associated with internet addiction are extremely serious. They range from social deprivation to caraccidents for those who are continually texting while driving.
The foreseeable problem is that internettechnology is so widespread. Avoiding it is nearlyimpossible in today’s world.